Bumgarner and Younger had emerged from the four-way March 1 primary to take first and second place, respectively, within just two points of each other.
Bumgarner, a Flower Mound city councilman, was the clear party favorite, drawing ample support from incumbent Republicans. Governor Greg Abbott and Speaker of the Texas House Dade Phelan both endorsed Bumgarner, and state politicians like Sen. Drew Springer (R-Muenster), Rep. Jared Patterson (R-Frisco), and Rep. Reggie Smith (R-Sherman) personally volunteered for him.
Younger, best known for his public efforts to ban child gender modification and his personal custody battle over his son James, foregrounded the issue in the race.
Bumgarner was also endorsed by Texas Alliance for Life. The group tends to endorse incumbents, often opposing Texas Right to Life, which endorsed Younger and tends to endorse more grassroots candidates.
Although the Texas Senate passed more than one bill that would have banned child gender modification in Texas, the House did not vote on any of them.
House District 63 was vacated by Rep. Tan Parker, who is currently running for election to the Texas Senate. Parker has represented the Tarrant County district since 2007.
Since the district leans Republican, Bumgarner will likely win the general election in November.
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